Archbishop Msusa lobbies opposition leader Nankhumwa to reject abortion bill, pays tribute to Chief Baluti

The influential Catholic Church, which is leading a wider movement of anti-abortion laws in Malawi has asked Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa to lobby fellow legislators to reject the proposed Termination of Pregnancy Bill, which is expected to be tabled in parliament this week.

Opposition leader Nankhumwa (L) and presidential advisor Kunkuyu
Archbishop Msusa led a requiem mass for late chief Baluti
Nankhumwa with DPP members attending Chief Baluti funeral
Presidential advisors on chiefs Moses Kunkuyu speaking at the funeral
Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa speaking at the funeral
Mourners at the funeral
The funeral of chief Baluti

Chairperson for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi and Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Blantyre Thomas Luke Msusa has also rebuked traditional chiefs in Malawi who are encouraging abortion, saying every life is precious and God-given.

“We’re against this proposed Bill because it will encourage the killing of innocent souls. I want to take this opportunity to request Honourable Nankhumwa who is amongst us here that using his position as Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, he lobbies fellow parliamentarians to reject this Bill because it is simply a bad Bill,” said Archbishop Msusa during a funeral mass of Group Village Headman Baluti in Blantyre on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

In an interview with Nyasa Times after the ceremony, Nankhumwa said he had taken note of the Archbishop Msusa’s suggestion. He could not comment further.

The Termination of Pregnancy Bill would allow abortion in cases of rape and incest. Proponents of the Bill say it would prevent up to 12,000 deaths that occur every year due to illegal, unsafe abortions.

During the mass, Archbishop Msusa paid tribute to “one of our devout members”, saying Chief Baluti (Andrew Chikhumbo) devoted his life to serving the Church and his people.

“He lived an exemplary life; a life like that of Jesus where he helped people as much as he could to ease suffering,” said the clergyman.

Nankhumwa said he attended the funeral ceremony of the late Chief Baluti because he personally knew him since the late 1990s through the former MP for the area, Elwin Maluwa.

“I learnt of his death with great sadness. I have known the departed as a selfless leader who pursued the best interests of his subjects.  He was a fine leader who loved development,” said Nankhumwa.

Presidential Advisor on Chiefs and former MP for the area, Moses Kunkuyu was also in attendance and hailed the late Chief as development-conscious.

Both Nankhumwa, who  is also DPP’s Vice President for the South and Kunkuyu, who is also MCP National Campaign Director, agreed on the importance of unity in diversity as a critical element in the social and economic development of a country.

A large number of DPP members in party regalia accompanied Nankhumwa and a sizeable group of MCP cadres were also in attendance. There seemingly was some political tension at the funeral, prompting the two leaders to make unity remarks.

Chief Baluti was 68 when he died on Thursday, October 15, 2020. He was chief for 21years. He is survived by a wife, 10 children and several grandchildren.

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1 year ago

Zako izo ,whether you like it or not LOO is Nankhumwa too is DPP Vice president for the south

1 year ago

Ambuye A Msusa ife timakulemekezani .Koma mukamawonesa mbali yanu pa nkhani za ndale izi ine monga mkatolika weni weni sindimakondwera olo pangono .Nthawi ya kampeni ija munali kumbuyo kwa chilima .Kodi bwanji lero mwamuyitana chilima kumuwuza kuti amuwuze Lazaro kuti inu Abortion simukuyifuna ….sipaja mumawuza ma catholics kuti avotere chilima popeza ndi mkatolika ……Asiyeni a Dpp awa paja kwa inu ndi anthu oyipa muyitaneni Chilima ,kaliyati muwauze zimenezi i am sure akuthandizani

Savage Appetite
1 year ago

Make abortion legal. Just like sex is legal.

Msusa of UTM
1 year ago

Iwe bishop msusa of UTM please leave our Leader of opposition alone. Just go and preach to your empty-headed catholics basi. Ife azimayi a mu Malawi muno we need abortion for several genuine reasons. kagwere uko mmbusa onyenga iwe.

Last edited 1 year ago by Msusa of UTM
1 year ago
Reply to  Msusa of UTM

So all Catholics are empty headed and you and Nankhuma are wise?
God bless you with your wisdom. Mhhhh

1 year ago

The church must continue to shed light over such issues it’s easy to wear the western world attire without realising that our own capacity to get rid of the unborn children is on quicksand. The westerners have the expertise to go into abortion without the loss of lives of the mother and baby. KN please take up the cry presented by the man of cloth on our behalf. We maybe failing in feeding extra mouths then that’s not an excuse to conduct murder via parliament. Unfortunately those clamouring for abortion have the podium the most deafening silence rings from those… Read more »

Yusuf m
Yusuf m
1 year ago

Instead of legalising abortions, why can’t you just impose tough penalties for rape and incest? That way you won’t have to abort anything. At present alot of safe abortions are already available at every banja la mtsogolo and these guys are everywhere including rural areas. I don’t agree the view that the current model isn’t working. Those who are championing legalisation of abortions are simply pursuing devlish goals

1 year ago
Reply to  Yusuf m

God bless you.Anything to do with killing of a human being is from the devil.Hence all proponents of this bill are agents of the devil.God is watching

1 year ago

Stop addressing him as LOO AND VP South

The party has it’s VP Hon Joseph Mwanamveka MP And the leader of opposition now is Hon Francis Kasaila Mp

Please take note

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